Natural Disasters

The city of Mumbai is built right up to the water's edge. Photo by United Nations University in Bonn

Mumbai May Be Vulnerable to Future Hurricanes

If a serious cyclone were to strike Mumbai, the results could be catastrophic, says a study underway at Columbia.

by |October 3, 2017
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Puerto Rico’s Peril and Potential

The federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was far too slow and small to deal with the massive scale of the disaster, but the future potential for Puerto Rico could be achieved by constructing a more resilient, storm-resistant built environment.

by |October 2, 2017
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We Need a Government Capable of Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure

Vulnerable infrastructure is a crisis that calls for enhanced governmental capacity to address a new, national issue of national security.

by |September 25, 2017
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In Florida and Texas, Keeping the Lights on Means Planning for Climate Change

New York’s lessons from Hurricane Sandy can help in the wake of Harvey and Irma.

by |September 15, 2017
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Houston’s Post-Harvey Toxic Mess

If we are to maintain the way of life we enjoy while maintaining a safe and healthy environment, we need to require more careful management of toxic substances.

by |September 11, 2017
Satellite view of temperatures inside Hurricane Irma

Could Climate Change Breed a Whole New Category of Hurricane?

Hoaxes have been calling Irma a Category 6 hurricane, but there’s no such thing. Could there be, in the future?

by |September 7, 2017
Soldiers help a family evacuate their flooded home in Houston, Texas.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Show That It’s Time for Companies to Disclose Climate Risks to Investors

How a business contributes to and is impacted by the changing climate is becoming increasingly important for shareholders.

by |September 7, 2017
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Hurricane Irma: Resources for Journalists

As Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean with winds up to 185 miles per hour, Earth Institute experts are standing by to answer questions from the media.

by |September 6, 2017
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Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction is a National Security Issue

National security is about protecting the safety and way of life of the American people. It is the single most important responsibility of government. We need to get past dysfunction and treat natural and human made disaster response and recovery as a national security issue.

by |September 5, 2017
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How Will Scientists Find Out Whether Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Worse? [Video]

It’s too soon to say there’s a connection, but searching for the fingerprints of climate change shouldn’t take too long.

by |September 1, 2017